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photos deleted during CD burning process

by m1rabel / July 21, 2009 2:50 AM PDT

Hi - I tried moving photos from my C drive to a CD but there wasn't enough space on the CD so in an attempt to cancel the process and restore the photos back to my C drive, I selected the "delete the temporary files" option (couldn't find a cancel option)but only some of the photos ended up in my recycle bin which I could then save back to my C drive, many other photos simply disappeared!! Is there someway I can retrieve them or were they permanently deleted? Why would some be restored and others not? Please help!! These are pictures of my children! Thank you!

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There's a lesson here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 4:19 AM PDT

COPY, make a second, third copy then delete.

You did not reveal what software you were using so let's look in XP's CD STAGING AREA. Here's an article about where it could be -> "To facilitate CD recording, Windows XP uses a staging area to store the data for recording, which is located in the following hidden folder:
Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning "

Complete text at

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lesson learned!
by m1rabel / July 21, 2009 11:41 AM PDT
In reply to: There's a lesson here.

Yes, lesson learned Big Time!! I usually do copy first so I blew it on this one. I am pretty careful about deleting anything and I felt the warning from Windows that said "do you want to delete the temporary files from the staging area only" meant my originals were still safe but obviously not! I didn't see any other way to cancel the CD burning process so I couldn't believe it when I lost so many photos! Thank you so much for the path to the CD Burning staging area - I had tried doing a "search" for it which turned up nothing even though I had specified to include hidden files! Unfortunately it was empty. I think the recycle bin ran out of room to hold all the deleted files so Windows did something else with them but I have no idea what! I'm beginning to think I need to spend $70 on software to restore deleted files - such a bummer. Unless there's any other suggestions to find these photos!! Thanks again for your help. BTW, I'm running Windows XP Professional

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You can't search for this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 12:23 PM PDT
In reply to: lesson learned!

That is why I supplied an article so you can go directly to the staging area.

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found the staging area
by m1rabel / July 21, 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Yes, thank you for the path and the article. I found the CD Burning staging area and unfortunately it was empty. The files were deleted - some went into the recycle bin until that ran out of space and the rest went somewhere else! I will get osftware to try to recover them. thanks again.

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For zero dollars go get RECUVA
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 12:44 PM PDT
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